Reese's Book Club Pick: 'His Only Wife' | Book Pulse

The shortlist for the First Novel prize is out. His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie is the October book club pick from Reese Witherspoon. LJ’s Romance Preview arrives and the October Earphone Awards are announced by AudioFile. Plenty of adaptations are set for today and through next week, including The Good Lord Bird and Books of Blood. The Obamas are adapting Ada Twist, Scientist for Netflix. J.J.Abrams and Warner Bros. plan a Dr. Seuss universe of films.

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The shortlist for the First Novel prize is out.

The finalists are announced for the New American Voices Award.

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie (Algonquin: Workman) is the October book club pick from Reese Witherspoon.

The October Earphone Awards are announced by AudioFile.

LJ’s Romance Preview is out.

More October book picks arrive from: Bustle | Gizmodo | Shondaland | Town & Country

O: The Oprah Magazine picks books for the fall.

Popsugar suggests “11 Charming New Romance Books Coming Out in October 2020” as well as “11 New Thriller and Mystery Books That Will Make You Want to Stay Inside This October.”

BookPage has features on "October Whodunits" and “Chilling tales for colder nights.”

The NYT recommends ten books for the week and suggests six new paperbacks.

The National Book Foundation announces its fall NBF Presents events of virtual programming through 2020, including National Book Awards Ceremony and 5 Under 35 Ceremony.

Page To Screen







Oct. 2:

Monsterland, based on Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters. Hulu. Reviews | Trailer

Legend of Deification (Jiang Ziya), loosely based on Investiture of the Gods, attributed to Xu Zhonglin. Theatrical release. No reviews | Trailer

After We Collided, based on the novel by Anna Todd. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Once Upon a River, based on the book by Bonnie Jo Campbell. Virtual theatres. Reviews | Trailer

Serious Men, based on the book by Manu Joseph. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 4:

The Good Lord Bird, based on the novel by James McBride. Showtime. Reviews | Trailer

The Walking Dead, based on the comic by Robert Kirkman. AMC. Reviews | Trailer

The Walking Dead: The World Beyond, spinning off from the comic series. AMC. Reviews | Trailer

Oct. 6:

Naughty Books, a documentary focused on the business of writing erotica. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Swamp Thing, based on the comics. CW. No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 7:

Books of Blood, based on the stories by Clive Barker. Hulu. No reviews | Trailer

To the Lake, based on the book by Yana Vagner. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Oct. 8:

The Outpost, based on the book by Jake Tapper. CW. Reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life by Jonathan Alter (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “provocatively revisionist.”

The Washington Post reviews Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck by William Souder (W.W. Norton): “smart, soulful and panoramic.”

Book Marks picks “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

Vox picks Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey: Random House) as its October book club selection. Also, another round of “books to fit your very specific mood.”

Entertainment Weekly celebrates Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume on its 50th anniversary.

The NYT writes “The most essential books of the Trump era are barely about Trump at all.”

People features Let Love Rule by Lenny Kravitz, David Ritz (Henry Holt: Macmillan). O: The Oprah Magazine also has coverage.

The L.A. Times showcases Hollywood Arensberg: Avant-Garde Collecting in Midcentury L.A. by Mark Nelson, William H. Sherman, Ellen Hoobler (Getty Research Institute).

O: The Oprah Magazine covers Memorial by Bryan Washington (Riverhead: Penguin) as well as Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark (Knopf) and The Cold Millions by Jess Walter (Harper).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Jerry Seinfeld, Is This Anything? (S. & S.).

David Remnick is the subject of the NYT’s “By the Book” column.

USA Today interviews Jenny Lawson, Broken (in the best possible way) (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Slate interviews Allie Brosh, Solutions and Other Problems (Gallery: S. & S.; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Petina Gappah, Out of Darkness, Shining Light (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review).

Datebook asks “Should there be an American literary canon?

The Wall Street Journal writes “Can Books Compete With Netflix? Yes, and Here’s Why.”

Book Riot writes about how the postal service picks its literary stamps.

Lit Hub considers the “enormous pink lady faces on book covers.”

Authors on Air

The nominees are out for E! People’s Choice Awards. Bird of Prey, The Invisible Man, The Old Guard, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, and Greyhound are among the book-based titles. Deadline has the full list.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts is set for Netflix, produced by the Obamas. J.J. Abrams is making a Oh, The Places You’ll Go! movie. Warner Bros. buys Black, the feature adaptation of the Black Mask comic series from co-creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3. Deadline reports.

Vanity Fair reports on the entire project to adapt the Dr. Seuss titles as a new “Seuss universe” at Warner Bros.

V.E. Schwab’s Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is headed to the movies. Variety offers details.

ComingSoon writes about the adaptation of Clive Barker Nightbreed.

The Hollywood Reporter has Spider-Man 3 news.

Fox News highlights Prince Philip Revealed: A Biography by Ingrid Seward (Atria: S. &  S.).

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